Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Goodies in the Mail

I got this fabulous postcard in the mail from Carol in Sweden yesterday. Isn't it darling? I love all of the different ribbons and lace. It has a wonderful textural feel to it. Give your self a pat on the back.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

How To Make A Fabric Postcard

Simple Fabric Postcard Instructions
Material List
1 - 4 inch by 6 inch piece of Pellon Peltex 70 stabilizer( This makes the postcard stiff.)
1 - 4 inch by 6 inch piece of muslin or white cotton fabric (For the back)
1 - 4 inch by 6 inch piece of cotton fabric (For the front )
2 – 4 inch by 6 inch pieces of fusible webbing. I use Wonder Under or Steam Lite.
Hot Iron (No water or steam)
I buy the Pellon Peltex 70 and the Wonder Under fusible webbing at Wal-Mart. You can also purchase them at Hancock Fabric, JoAnn’s, or Hobby Lobby. Your local quilt shop might carry them also. You can purchase Pellon Peltex 71. It has the webbing already on one side. The Pellon Peltex 72 has it on both sides. The 72 is good if you aren’t going to do any fancy stitching because you can adhere both the front and back material at the same time.
If you use the Pellon Peltex 70 you will need to iron a piece of the Wonder Under fusible webbing to the back side of both of your fabrics. There will be a paper layer that will need to be peeled off before you can iron it on to the stabilizer. Make sure not to use steam it will make it hard to peel the paper backing off of the fusible webbing. Lay the fabric on the stabilizer with the webbing facing the stabiliaer. Iron the fabric for about 10 seconds. If you want to embroider or hand stitch on the front do so before you add the back material or your stitches will show. Once you have the front like you want iron the back on like you did the front. To finish off the postcard I use a satin or zig zag stitch around he outer edge of the postcard to give it a finished look. You could also do a blanket stitch by hand.

Fabric Postcard Swap

My friends and I like to trade fabric postcards once a month. So far there are about 7 of us. If anyone else is interested in joining just let me know. You can send one to everyone or just one to one person. It is totally up to you how many you send. This is an international swap. There is no commitment. No bad ratings if you don't send one month. Just lovely people sending lovely postcards.
Here is a picture of one that I received yesterday. It is from a swap on Swap-Bot that I host.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Posty Pals

A few months back my dear friend Brenda and I started sending each other fabric postcards. Then we thought it would be great to invite other people to join us. We have quite a great group of gals now. Each month we make as many fabric postcards as we want and send them out. It is so much fun. I am always so excited to see what I will get next.